Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Fingerstyle Workshop Series with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Online

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

British Rock Online

Intermediate

Monday with Tommi Zender

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Whether you take that ferry across the Mersey or scale Waterloo Bridge you'll want to join this Trans-Atlantic outing.

Location: Online

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Lisa Joy DeRosia, Elaine Moore or Julia Storke

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn to make your pick dance on the strings.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 1. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Beatles Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Fingerpicking Skills

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Location: Online

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Location: Online

3 Kings of the Blues Instrumentals

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Hard Rock Unplugged

Intermediate

Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 1.5

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Location: Online

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 1 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

Thursday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Build a solid foundation

Location: Online

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Location: Online

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Location: Online

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Location: Online

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

Donna will be promoting her new CD “Bang At The Door” this summer and will be returning to teach this class in session 5.
She is offering a series of workshops.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

From Chords to Riffs

Intermediate

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Arranging and Chart-Making: Upgrade Your Play

Intermediate

Monday with Paula McKernan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Upgrade and refresh the tunes you play.

Location: Online

Byrds Songbag

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Steve Levitt

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Travel eight miles high and be a rock and roll star.

Location: Online

Continuing Guitar Fingerboard Theory

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Let's dig a little deeper into the mystery of our guitars

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Creative Scale Practice 1

Intermediate

Monday with Tommi Zender

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Learn to practice scales in a creative way while having fun!

Location: Online

Creative Scale Practice 2: Chords and Modes

Intermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Fingerpicking Classic Chicago Blues

Intermediate

Wednesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Learn to do like the old masters

Location: Online

Fingerpicking Guitar - Beyond Basic Picking Patterns

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

Beginner

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Fundamental Fingerpicking Accompaniment

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Location: Online

Garageband Basics for Guitarists and others

Beginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Garageband for Guitarists Continuing

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Instrumental Freddie King: Hideaway and All The Rest!

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Hideaway to San-Ho-Zay

Location: Online

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jim McVeigh

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learnsome chops to make you the hit of your next Irish session!

Location: Online

Learning Songs by Ear

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Muriel Anderson Workshop: Finding Your Own Voice On the Guitar

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $35 ($30 members)

Location: Online

Return To Guitar

Open to All

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday with Charles Kim, Dan Fulkerson, Catherine Norden, Jim DeWan or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Rumor has it there's a guitar in the back of your closet. Let's get it out and make some music.

Location: Online, Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Strategic Strumming

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

What to Know About Chords

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($184 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/21/2021 – 08/15/2021

Monday 05/17/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 05/31/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/02/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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